Know that Visine you use to keep your eyes sparkling? It may have a similar effect on your skin. According to David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York, broken or dilated blood vessels under the eyes can result in dark circles, especially if a person's complexion is fair. Visine, which constricts blood vessels, makes the dark circles less apparent.
For dark circles resulting from genetics or hyperpigmentation, Visine may not work. To check to see the root cause of your dark circles, press a clear shot glass against the area, and if it becomes lighter, your dark circles are the result of blood vessels showing through the skin, so give Visine a try.
As a part of your acne treatment plan, Bank says, "Visine also takes the red out of pimples," which won't make your blemish smaller, but it will look less obvious for several hours. Makeup artist Matin Maulawizada uses this simple skin trick to minimize acne blemishes by taking a cotton swab soaked in Visine and lightly dabbing it on blemished areas you want to appear less noticeable.
Visine contains 0.05% Tetrahydrozoline, which works on a blemish as it does on the eyes – by vasoconstriction. Essentially, it shrinks the blood vessels around the blemish and reduces redness significantly. That is why Visine's iconic tagline is "gets the red out."
Though Visine won’t affect the overall health of your complexion, it is a good remedy for occasional blemishes that are putting a damper on your otherwise perfect face.
You can also try Visine in combination with an ice cube. "When a client has a breakout, the first thing I will do is try to reduce any swelling that has occurred. A quick way to reduce the swelling is to wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply it to the pimple," makeup artist Desirae Cherman says.
"To prep it before makeup, I like to either wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and hold it on top of the blemish to help bring down the swelling or use a few drops of Visine ($13 for three bottles) on a cotton swab and dab onto the pimple to help reduce redness and swelling as it constricts blood vessels to the area," makeup artist Kristee Liu says.